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U.S. Accuses Security Background Check Firm Of Fraud
The Justice Department on Wednesday accused the government's largest private security background check contractor of defrauding the country of millions of dollars by methodically filing more than 660,000 flawed background investigations—40% of the cases it sent to the government over a four-year period. Prosecutors accused former top US Investigations Services LLC executives of directing improper practices that became a subject of internal jokes among company officials who helped secure millions of dollars in bonuses from the U.S. government. The company performed the background checks on Edward Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.
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Dirk Nowitzki -- SINGS HASSELHOFF CLASSIC ... On German TV
Germans love David Hasselhoff . They also love Dirk Nowitzki ... so you know they went CRAZY last night when Dirk broke out his guitar and sang a Hoff song ... on live German TV!!! The Dallas Mavericks star appeared on "My Spass" with host Stefan Raab when they decided to show off their musical talent ... and the first tune was the Hoff classic, "Looking for Freedom." Of course, they're German ... so they both knew all the words ... and the crowd even sings along a bit.
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Campus Job Connects Companies With Students For Part-Time Work
College students are constantly battling between two goals: getting good grades and proving they’re ready for the real world. Combining those two goals, however, can be really difficult for the student with a demanding schedule. That’s where Campus Job comes in. Campus Job is a platform built by Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman after they graduated from University of Pennsylvania. The platform is entirely free for students, who can log in and create a thorough profile of their grades, experience, hobbies, etc. Businesses can also register and create listings for free across multiple campuses, as well as invite particular students to apply to their listings. Once the listing has received applications, organizations can unlock those applications for a one-time fee of $24 per listing per school.
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Syria Conflict Keeps 2.8 Million Children Out Of School
An international children's charity said on Thursday, the 3-1/2-year-old conflict in Syria is preventing 2.8 million children from getting an education and has destroyed or damaged more than 3,400 schools. Save the Children said, overall enrolment in Syrian schools has halved from almost 100 percent since the crisis started, adding that Syria now had the second worst rate of school attendance in the world. The charity said, Syrian children who escaped to other countries are also missing out on education, with one in 10 refugee children across the region estimated to be working.
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Scots Decide Whether To Declare Independence
Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided. The question on the ballot paper is simplicity itself: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Yet it has divided Scots during months of campaigning, and polls suggest the result is too close to call.
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Uruguay’s José Mujica lives in a tiny house rather than the presidential palace, and gives away 90% of his salary. He’s legalised marijuana and gay marriage. But his greatest legacy is governing without giving up his revolutionary ideals. Mujica has gained international renown as a truculent truth-speaker: speeches lambasting rampant consumerism at the Rio+20 conference in 2012, and at the United Nations in New York the following year, have garnered 3 million YouTube views.
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Why Al Gore Is Hopeful On Global Warming
Al Gore is hopeful. In fact, the Nobel Laureate, who has spent years solemnly sounding the alarm on global warming, now sounds positively chipper. In an interview with Mashable this week, he argued with the conviction of a barnstorming preacher that climate change has changed from a scientific issue to a grassroots social movement and expressed excitement that the cost of carbon-free energy sources are plunging to become competitive with fossil fuel prices. This new, more ebullient Gore, who seemed somehow lighter on his feet, was also on display during “24 Hours of Reality,” his Climate Reality Project’s annual web-a-thon, which in past years has stuck mainly to countering climate science contrarianism.
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'We Lined Up For Ten Days To Get The IPhone 6 First In The World'
Two Australian guys spent 10 days in line waiting for the iPhone 6. They will be the first in the world to get their hands on the new device — and then they will give it away. At spots number one and number two at the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, Salvatore Gerace and Christian Ibrahim, have been involved in a very dedicated PR stunt since Sept. 9. The new phone will be released as the Apple Store Sydney opens at 8AM local time on Friday.
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U.S. Housing Starts Fall; Prior Month's Data Revised Higher
U.S. housing starts and permits fell in August, but upward revisions to the prior month's data suggested the housing market continued to gradually improve. The Commerce Department said on Thursday, groundbreaking declined 14.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual 956,000-unit pace. July's starts were revised to show a 1.12-million unit rate, the highest level since November 2007, instead of the previously reported 1.09-million unit rate.
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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Continuing Claims Lowest Since 2007
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Sept. 13, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the lowest level since July. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported